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Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Dennis Brown
Goddy Goddy performing at a previous straging of Fun in the Son.
Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell of Stone Love Movemnets.

VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge to be hosted in JA

"Bring the vibes, bring the creativity" is the call from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) as it announces its 2016 VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge to be hosted in Jamaica.

Under the theme 'Beam Me Up with ICTs', young animators are being challenged to create a two-minute video, which explores how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can transform the cultural, economic, social and educational lives of youth in Jamaica.

The challenge, which is open to residents of Jamaica ages 16-29, began Friday, March 4, and concludes at midnight on April 24. Entries must be submitted via the '2016 VYBZING Challenge' tab on the VYBZING Facebook page. For full terms and conditions, visit or

Prizes ranging from US$1250 to US$2000 will be presented for first to third place. There will also be a People's Choice Winner, based on the submission with the most votes on the VYBZING Facebook page. Online voting takes place during the period April 25-May 9. The highest voted animator will receive a special prize of US$250.

VYBZING Coordinator and CDB's Information Services Unit Manager Angela Parris said: "We are really excited to see what the youth of Jamaica come up with for the VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge. The winning submissions will be determined by a specially chosen judging panel, who will assess submissions based on musical composition, message content and appropriateness to theme, originality, video presentation and impact."

The winners will be announced on the VYBZING Facebook page and CDB website on May 12, 2016.

Hawaiian reggae band covers Dennis Brown classic

Popular Hawaiian reggae band The Green has put their spin on Dennis Brown's Promised Land, a classic anthem he originally recorded in the late '70s for the iconic Blood and Fire label.

This single was released on February 26 via iTunes and is part of We Remember Dennis Brown, a double-disc tribute album due in late spring on VP Records that celebrates one of the best reggae singers in the world.

We Remember Dennis Brown is a collection of The Crown Prince of Reggae's timeless hits, covered by some of reggae and R&B's most renowned artistes today.

Each song was reproduced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt with his all-star team of musicians to give each an authentic yet fresh feel.

Best Dressed Fun in the Son for National Heroes Park July 16

The 2016 staging of the Best Dressed Fun in the Son - the Caribbean's premier gospel event - is set for Saturday, July 16, at the National Heroes Park.

The park is currently being renovated, with work under way on the installation of a permanent perimeter fence around the entire property, as the first phase of a $2.5 billion redevelopment programme to reposition the venue as a major tourist attraction and the new home of the Houses of Parliament.

Speaking recently at the first meeting of the Best Dressed Fun in the Son Planning Committee, Jamaica Broilers Group's Dr Claudette Cooke said the event gives Jamaica Broilers and its Best Dressed Chicken brand an opportunity every two years to "lift up what is right with our nation".

"If there is ever a time that our country needs healing, it is now. There are many Jamaicans who are frustrated and angry, and this event gives us an opportunity to point them to a higher Source, from which they can get answers," she said.

Cooke said the Best Dressed Fun in the Son gospel festival and extravaganza provides an environment where families and young people can hang out, parents can release their children into the care of the organisers and volunteers and they return to their homes better than when they attended the event.

Event partners Glory Music and the Jamaica Broilers Group have once again committed to keeping the event free to the public, with highlights such as the breathtaking extreme sports zone; heritage tour; children's village; food court; missions outreach by a team from the Luis Palau Association; performances from top local gospel acts and an international gospel artiste. The day's activities will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wee Pow pays tribute to Merritone

Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, which took a break during the election season, is now back in high gear, the significant number in attendance last Wednesday showing how much the weekly event was missed. Tribute was paid to one of the godfathers of sound system, the late Winston 'Merritone' Blake by another icon, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell of Stone Love.

Wee Pow is also getting ready to celebrate his birthday on March 16 at Weddy Weddy.